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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2001

Better access to water in informal urban settlements through support to Water-Providing Enterprises (SWEs)

Water Access Informal Urban Settlements

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Better access to water in informal urban settlements through support to Water-Providing Enterprises (SWEs)

Pays : Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Tanzania

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8060

DFID Programme : Water

Organismes de mise en œuvre

Lead Institutes : WEDC Loughborough University
Managing Institutes : WEDC Loughborough University

Durée : Start Date : 01-10-2001 End Date : 01-03-2006

Descriptif
The purpose of this project is to identify and test constraints, opportunities and strategies for enabling small water enterprises (SWEs) to deliver an acceptable water service to poor urban consumers. The context for this research is that in many urban centres, water utilities lack finance and the institutional capacity to meet the water requirements of the rapidly growing urban population. SWEs fill the gaps left by utilities, but often lack constructive relationships with them. This often contributes to inefficiencies and market failures in SWE operations, to the detriment of consumers, SWEs and water utilities. SWEs provide valued services to the un-served and underserved, and their operations are considered amenable to intervention. Enhancing SWE services is thus highly relevant to those many poor urban consumers who are un-served or underserved, and are likely to remain reliant on this source of water (SWEs) for the foreseeable future. The research aims to identify and test methods to encourage informal water providers to work more effectively alongside water utilities ; and to reduce technical and business inefficiencies that currently exist partly due to lack of official recognition of SWEs’ role and their consequently insecure status. Development of win-win partnerships between SWEs and water utilities can benefit the key stakeholders, these being poor consumers, SWEs and utilities. The research is being undertaken in four study locations in Ghana (Accra), Kenya (Nairobi), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and Sudan (Khartoum) ; in collaboration with ITDG, IIED, IDPM and local in-country partners. In each study location, in-country researchers are working to identify location-specific constraints and opportunities for development of feasible interventions, which will be pilot tested through action research in Phase 2.

Total Cost to DFID : £519,334

Présentation : UKAID

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